China’s Influence and the Center-periphery Tug of War in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indo-Pacific
Bringing together a team of cutting-edge researchers based in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indo-Pacific countries, this book focuses on the tug of war between China’s influence and forces of resistance in Hong Kong, Taiwan and selected countries in its surrounding jurisdictions.
China’s influence has met growing defiance from citizens in Hong Kong and Taiwan who fear the extinction of their valued local identities. However, the book shows that resistance to China’s influence is a global phenomenon, varying in motivation and intensity from region to region and country to country depending on the forms of China’s influence and the balances of forces in each society. The book also advances a concentric center-periphery framework for comparing different forms of extra-jurisdictional Chinese influence mechanisms, ranging from economic, military and diplomatic influences to united front operations.
This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of comparative politics, international relations, geopolitics, Chinese politics, Hong Kong-China relations, Taiwan and Asian politics.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction - Re-thinking China’s influence across surrounding jurisdictions: A concentric center-periphery framework
Brian C.H. Fong
2. More than sharp power: Chinese influence operations in Taiwan, Hong Kong and beyond
Part 1: Contextualizing China’s influence: The comparative perspectives
3. China’s assimilation of peripheries in former Qing imperial frontiers: A comparative-historical perspective
4. Peripheral nationalisms of Taiwan and Hong Kong under China’s influence: A comparative-nationalism perspective
5. China’s empire-building across peripheries: A comparative-imperialism perspective
Kwong Kin Ming
Part 2: China’s Influence in Peripheral Autonomy: Hong Kong as a case study
6. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s elections: Evidence from Legislative Council elections
7. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s economy: Lessons from mainlander tourism
Jackson Yeh Kuo Hao
8. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s media: Subduing press freedom
Chan Chi Kit
9. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s entertainment industry: Lessons from film production
10. China’s influence on Hong Kong’s religions: Interreligious comparison
Part 3: China’s Influence in Peripheral Contested State: Taiwan as a case study
11. China’s influence on Taiwan’s elections: The impact of the "1992 Consensus" on presidential elections
Wu Jieh-min and Liao Mei
12. China’s influence on Taiwan’s economy: The economic statecraft of mainlander tourism
13. China’s influence on Taiwan’s media: A model of transnational diffusion of Chinese censorship
14. China’s influence on Taiwan’s entertainment industry: The Chinese state, entertainment capital, and netizens in the witch-hunt for 'Taiwan independence suspects'
15. China’s influence on Taiwan’s religions: Mazu belief across the strait
Ku Ming-chun and Hong Ying-fa
Part 4: China’s Influence in Peripheral Sovereign States: Cases studies from Indo-Pacific states
16. China’s influence in Southeast Asia: No easy answers
Ja Ian Chong
17. China’s influence in South Asia: Under the shadow of the Sino-Indian relationship
18. China’s Influence in Central Asia: Sinophobia and the wave of anti-China Protests
19. China’s influence in Australia and New Zealand: Making the democratic world safe for dictatorship
Chongyi Feng and Kevin Carrico
20. Conclusion - China’s influence and the pushback: Tentative conclusions beyond Hong Kong and Taiwan
Andrew J. Nathan
21. Epilogue: The place of Hong Kong and Taiwan in the Asia policies of the Trump administration
Richard C. Bush
Brian C.H. Fong is Associate Professor and Founding Associate Director of The Academy of Hong Kong Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Wu Jieh-min is Research Fellow at the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, and served as a Director at the Center for Contemporary China, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.
Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, USA.